Here are the slain police officer and the creature who killed him. Of course, the article says nothing about the endless series of murders of white police by black criminals in this country.
Suspect in trooper killing waives hearing
Gregory Favors, 30, who had been released from jail just two weeks ago, was charged Tuesday with the murder of Trooper First Class Chadwick LeCroy.
Favors was served with arrest warrants for murder and aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer almost 16 hours after he shot LeCroy in the neck, said Vernon Keenan, director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. Favors was booked into the Fulton County Jail Tuesday evening for the 19th time, according to a a sheriff’s office spokeswoman.
His first arrest in Fulton came 11 years ago to the day: Dec. 28, 1999.
Keenan said an autopsy revealed the trooper was hit only once—not twice as was previously believed. Keenan said Favors shot at LeCroy a total of three times.
The 38-year-old husband and father died en route to Grady Memorial Hospital a little before midnight Monday. He had been working on a special street crime suppression unit assigned to a particularly rough area of Bolton Road near Fulton County’s Charlie Brown Field.
The Georgia State Patrol said LeCroy attempted to pull over Favors because the 2007 Mazda he was driving had a broken tail light. Favors sped off, crashing moments later with the trooper in pursuit. GSP spokesman Gordy Wright said the suspect opened fire as LeCroy approached.
Favors then allegedly drove off in LeCroy’s patrol car but ditched it a few blocks away on Gun Club Drive. Atlanta and Cobb police arrested him nearby. Authorities say they recovered the gun believed to have been used in the killing.
Keenan said Favors had been arrested 19 times altogether, often on felony charges. Ten of those arrests have come in the last four years, with charges including heroin trafficking, possessing a firearm while committing a felony, fleeing police and prowling.
Favors was last detained Dec. 11, charged with cocaine possession and obstructing a law enforcement officer. He was released on bond three days later.
LeCroy was the 27th trooper to die in the line of duty but the first since 1975. The flags at the Georgia Department of Public Safety and patrol posts were lowered to half-staff Tuesday in his honor.
LeCroy took great pride in being a trooper, his stepfather, Sam Houston, told the AJC.
“He was working his dream and we were all so happy for him,” Houston said Tuesday.
Houston said the slain lawman’s 21-year-old son [Bret LeCroy] “seems to be taking it the hardest.” Chadwick LeCroy leaves behind another son, 10-year-old Chase, and wife Keisha, who reside in Marietta.
Houston, a retired Smyrna police captain, said he had known LeCroy since he was a young boy.
“He was always around me,” Houston said. “I would have pieces of uniforms that would disappear occasionally and [I] would find Chad had them.”
Despite his interest in law enforcement, LeCroy didn’t join the state patrol until 2008 after working in his biological father’s construction business, Houston said. He was an eager student in the patrol’s training academy, receiving the “top gun” award for scoring the highest in his class in firearms testing.
Upon graduation, every trooper is assigned a car that is to be driven home. LeCroy was given a new tan Charger with his badge number 744, painted on it.
“We have a photo of him leaning on his car with a huge smile on his face.” Houston said. “That smile on his face was like a kid at Christmas.”
LeCroy wasn’t able to spend this Christmas at home because of work. But his Thanksgiving visit was much longer than normal, Houston said.
“On Thanksgiving the whole family was here, kids and grandkids. We had a houseful,” Houston said. “Chad seemed reluctant to leave. There was a fire in the fire place and he stayed and stayed and stayed until 1 in the morning. We just commented that, that was unusual.”
It would be the last time he’d see his stepson alive.
The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday at Roswell Street Baptist Church, 774 Roswell St. SE, Marietta. Visitation will take place Thursday, from 2 to 4 p.m. and from 6 to 8 p.m., at Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home, 180 Church St., Marietta.
Dennis W. writes: